LAS MENINAS (2008) English subtitles

LAS MENINAS (2008) English subtitles

Ihor Podolchak

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This film is about what the routine of everyday life can do to the human mind and psyche. It also reflects on the importance of the choices we make and how limited these choices are in the first place.

The plot evolves around a family of four. They live in the suburbs, in a strange villa that appears, through a complex game of mirrors, to be more like a piece of installation art than a real house. The main character, who hardly appears on screen, is the son, a man in his thirties.

Suffering from asthma and eczema since childhood, he uses his condition to manipulate his parents and his sister. Thus the existence of the terrorized family turns into an endless ritual of attempting to satisfy his whims, and always on the alert for yet another one of his “health crises”.

Las Meninas resembles the scattered pieces of a puzzle. It is up to the viewer to assemble them in order to form his very own picture – something that makes the film itself personal and unique.

NOMINATIONS:
2009
- “PRIZE” - Trieste Film Festival
- “PRIZE” - Mediawave Festival, Győr, Hungary
2008
- “TIGER AWARD” - 37th Rotterdam International Film Festival
- “FIPRESCI PRIZE” - 7th Transilvania International Film Festival
- “PRIZE” - 16th Artfilm International Film Festival, Trencianske Teplice, Slovakia
- “PRIZE” - 8th International Film Festival Era New Horizons, Wroclaw
- “PRIZE” - «Cinema Without a Film» Open Film Festival «Kinoshock», Anapa, Russia
- “PRIZE” - Split International Film Festival, Croatia
- “PRIZE” - 32th Mostra Internacional De Cinema Sao Pãulo
- “PRIZE” - l'Alternativa. 15th Barcelona Independent Film Festival

FESTIVAL’S OFFICIAL SELECTIONS / PROGRAMS:
2009
- European Film Festival
- Göteborg International Film Festival
2008
- Moscow International Film Festival
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
- Cambridge Film Festival
- Athens International Film Festival
- La Rochelle International Film Festival
- Seoul International Film Festival
- Goeast — 8th Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, Germany
- St.Georgе Bank Brisbane IFF
- Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival
- Festival De Cine De Bogotá
- Santa Fe Film Festival, USA

WRITTEN, DIRECTED, PRODUCED AND EDITED BY Ihor Podolchak
CO-DIRECTED BY (the musical part): Dean Karr
PRODUCERS: Ihor Dyurych, Tamara Podolchak, Liliya Mlynarych
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Serhiy Mykhalchuk
ART DIRECTOR: Svitlana Makarenko
MUSIC BY Oleksandr Schetynsky
SOUND DIRECTING & SOUND DESIGN BY Myrоslav Kuvaldin
CAST: Mykola Veresen, Lyubov Tymoshevska, Hanna Yarovenko, Dmytro Chernyavsky, Ilona Arsentyeva, Stas Arsentyev, Viktoriya Ulyanchenko, Valeriya Ulyanchenko

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